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Dell Selling an iSCSI Box

Saw an plug for it from our sales rep yesterday, MD3000i. Starts at $7300 with just a couple drives, goes up to about $25k maxed out at 18TB. I've always considered the Powervault stuff pretty usable/reliable compared to the complexity of a SAN, but I see in the configuration that if you're going to connect to 8 or more servers it requires an on-site implementation (at no cost). Maybe not so simple anymore?

It does make me realize that I have a Dell centric view of the universe...which Im sure they appreciate. It saves a lot of time and money to standardize on a single vendor when you can, but you start to miss out on what everyone else is doing. I think the last time I looked at other storage options it was a cursory glance at a Sata Beast which looks like fun to buy. As a consultant it's nice to know the options, but usually I just give clients a broad outline of what hardware is needed and let them handle purchasing and install through the vendor of their choice.


I'm Andy Warren, currently a SQL Server trainer with End to End Training. Over the past few years I've been a developer, DBA, and IT Director. I was one of the original founders of SQLServerCentral.com and helped grow that community from zero to about 300k members before deciding to move on to other ventures.


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